Feb 20, 201210:19 AM
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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

The Origins of Rex







Reader Comments:
Mar 20, 2012 10:33 pm
 Posted by  steelhorsep

Mr. Laborde,

I have an opportunity to purchase a REX doubloon that I am sure is pretty rare and wanted to know your opinion. Here is the description the gentleman who says he purchased at an estate sale along with many Rex ducal pins says about it:

"...The 1960 Rex doubloon is the first of it's kind. It was designed by Alvin Sharpe. Only 83,000 were struck that year with 3,000 of these anodized in gold. They were not dated so just in case they didn't go over real well they could be thrown the following years til they were gone. The rest is history. But, that year Gerald Andrus, King of the Carnival had 330 stamped with the date for him to personally hand out... I have included the paper wrapping and small inscribed paper I found it in. If you can't read it in the pic it say's "Greetings from Rex 1960"

Is the above story true?


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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde


Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.




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